Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. “The Toll of Tobacco in Minnesota.” November 2016.
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Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not happening. From secret pop-up concerts in convenience stores to free music downloads, social media posts and more, teens are not only being targeted, but they’re also being recruited to smoke. In fact, Big Tobacco spends over $100 million a year on marketing in Minnesota—and that doesn’t even include what is spent on e-cigarette advertisements.2
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There’s a lot we can do to protect teens from the harms of tobacco in Minnesota, starting with:
Clearing the market of all flavored tobacco products will create a healthier future for our kids and directly improve the health of Black communities and other groups targeted by Big Tobacco.
This bold public health policy would help Minnesota reverse the youth tobacco epidemic, address systemic racism and reduce health care costs.
Investing in sustainable prevention programs will combat the youth tobacco epidemic and reduce the harm tobacco causes to all Minnesota families and businesses.
Minnesota only invests only a fraction of the CDC-recommended level of tobacco prevention spending. To make matters worse, the state will experience a huge loss in tobacco prevention resources in 2021. ClearWay Minnesota, which was funded by Minnesota’s tobacco settlement to address tobacco’s harms, will sunset in 2021, leaving a gap in prevention resources.
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